Ørnulf Opdahl


August 18 – September 19, 2021

BGE Contemporary is proud to announce our exhibition ”Vestlandskap” with Norwegian artist Ørnulf Opdahl. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, August 18 at 6 pm and will close on September 19, 2021. The artist will be present during the exhibition opening.

The exhibition portrays landscapes and experiences from the native landscape of the island Hjørundfjord, where the artist has been living for the past 50 years. From the mighty, mountains and fjord home in the east - to the coast and the sea landscape to the west which stretches across the North Sea to the Orkney Islands and Shetland. The ever-changing seasons and the climate with its evolving weather conditions in this dramatic nature is a constant source and inspiration for Opdahl’s new paintings.

Ørnulf Opdahl (1944) was born in Ålesund, Norway, and currently lives in Giske municipality, on the outskirts of Ålesund. He was educated at Statens Håndverks- og Kunstindustriskole and Statens Kunstakademi. His early figurative works gradually progressed towards the large scale oil paintings, for which he is known today. By the 1970s Opdahl became one of Norway´s most celebrated painters, with his strong compositions of form and colour, and his ability to convey the mood, power and scale of his depicted scenes of timeless nature. Opdahl is known for his oil paintings, however, is just as remarkably skilled when working with watercolour, prints and drawings.  

Opdahl's art is represented in several notable collections such as; Norwegian National Gallery, The Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art, Astrup Fearnley Museum, the institute for Nobel Peace Prize, Norsk Kulturråd and Equinor, amongst others.

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